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In the United States, tech giants Apple and Samsung have been charged with exposing damaging radio frequencies (RF) on their smartphones.
Apple Insider reported on Saturday that the class-action suit filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California claiming RF radiation from Apple and Samsung smartphones exceed the legal limitations established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
“Numerous recent scientific publications, supported by hundreds of scientists worldwide, have shown that RF radiation exposure affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines,” the filing reads.
“Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans.”
The claimants argue that Apple has “covered up any risks by misrepresenting the safety of the smartphones” and misleading its customers by not informing them of potential adverse effects of the exposure to RF by iPhones.
Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 and iPhone X as well and Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 have been listed in the suit.
A separate Chicago Tribune study also found that “radio-frequency iPhone 7 radiation exposure was above the legal safety limit and more than twice what Apples reported in its own tests to federal regulators.”
The teleology of the maximum recorded cellphone (and other wireless devices) Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) values has been ambiguous.
In this case, SAR measures the body’s rate of RF absorption from the source-in this case a mobile cell phone, the FCC guidelines said.
“Many people mistakenly assume that using a cell phone with a lower reported SAR value necessarily decreases a user’s exposure to RF emissions, or is somehow ‘safer’ than using a cell phone with a high SAR value,” the FCC said.
The FCC has an average of 1.6 watts per kilogram (1.6W / kg) to set a safety limit of more than 1 gram.
Apple has previously stated RF exposure details (Specific Absorption Rate, SAR), but “since the iPhone 7 was released, the firm stopped providing such data,” they argued.
Apple claims, “all iPhone models, including iPhone 7, are fully certified by the FCC and in any other country where the iPhone is sold.” “We are in compliance and meet all applicable exposure guidelines and limits,”
Samsung is yet to respond to these developments.
We will update this story once we have more information.
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